Alan Devonshire pleased to see old club West Ham United rule over Premier League relegation rivals Southampton
PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 April 2018
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The 61-year-old is confident his old club will remain in the Premier League after Saturday's 3-0 win at the London Stadium
West Ham United legend Alan Devonshire was back in east London on Monday, but the wet weather prevented his Maidenhead United team facing Leyton Orient in the National League.
The fixture at Brisbane Road was called off less than 90 minutes before kick-off, but the 61-year-old was delighted by one result in the capital - the Hammers 3-0 win over Premier League relegation rivals Southampton at the London Stadium.
Devonshire, who spent 14 years at Upton Park, revealed his satisfaction at seeing his old club claim three vital points.
He said: “It was a brilliant result on Saturday and I was so pleased for everyone, especially the fans. Hopefully it is onwards and upwards for them now.”
After several stoppages at the London Stadium during the previous home game against Burnley, a 3-0 loss, there were no such problems this time around.
Joao Mario fired David Moyes’ men into the lead after 13 minutes and the Hammers never looked back with Marko Arnautovic completing a first-half brace.
“It sounded like everyone come together and scoring the early goal helped, so I’m delighted for the club,” said Devonshire.
There are seven games left for West Ham to play in this season’s Premier League and they are up to 14th now.
Southampton, who occupy the final relegation spot, are five points off the Hammers and Devonshire is confident his old club will beat the drop now.
He added: “They will stay up. They will definitely stay up now and do what they need to do in the summer.”